And we’re back! A new installment of the Indie Author Spotlight is here at SF Signal for your reading pleasure. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and find out about a fantastic self-published author whom you need to be aware of!

Since first receiving my Kindle Fire over a year and a half ago, I have been scrambling to find a self-published female fantasy/science fiction author who brings something new to the popular genre. Let me tell you, it has not been an easy undertaking. I don’t read a lot of young adult fiction, and most of the female authors in speculative fiction tend to produce that variety of work when self-publishing. That’s fine, it’s just not what I’m looking for.

And then I found Dawn McCullough-White.

Dark and gritty historical fantasy; assassins and vampires; and a strong female protagonist. These (and more) are all things you’ll find in Dawn’s first series. Check out the synopsis for Cameo the Assassin, book one in the Trilogy of Shadows:

The Kingdom of Sieunes is rife with taverns, dirty streets, and clay pipe smoking citizens all toiling to feed their families and keep themselves in something little better than rags. With a foiled revolution just ten years prior still burning in the hearts of many, the royals enlist the aid of assassins to keep things in order.

The townsfolk entertain themselves by dreaming of better times to come and regaling in stories of the undead said to walk the graveyards at night… and of Cameo the killer with corpse-like eyes… Scarred and jaded Cameo is one of the most effective assassins in the employ of the Association, moving from one mission to the next as long as the alcohol keeps flowing.

Her acceptance of the murder-for-hire lifestyle is thrown into doubt when she meets a local highwayman with a penchant for fine clothes and women, and then she begins to think about breaking with the company but no one ever breaks with the Association under good terms.

And there you have it. If the above interests you in the slightest, keep reading as I present my interview with Dawn — and then treat yourself to one (or all) of her books and fall in love with the colorful characters and story just as I did!

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